It has been a long time since the last post… I have been pretty busy with my job but I have not forgotten Animabot 😉
Few weeks ago I received my boards but there were some mistakes I had to correct… some of the tracks were in contact with the ground plane due to bugs in the Gerber generation…
And I also discovered some issues in the design, so I decided to redo the boards ! I should receive them next week 🙂
In the meantime I worked on the head, I have now an encouraging first version, but I’m not convinced of the “webcam hood” so I will do a second “smother” version 😉
But, in any way I figured out how to integrate the servo for the head rotation, and it seems to works pretty well…
Here is the actual state of Animabot :
Head front view
Head right side view
Head left side view
Internal head gear system
I still have work to do : fix everything inside the head, divide the head in 2 parts for the print/assembly, etc…
He doesn’t look so bad… what do you think ?
The body of Animabot is composed of aluminium. I made the chassis by myself in my garage :
Body fully assembled
Body fully assembled
I started the construction of a hexapod robot named Animabot in 2007. This was a child dream since the serie “F/X: The Series” in which one there is small hexapod named Blue. This robot was considered as a dog, and since I also want my own “dog robot”.
The goal of this project is to have an animated and responsive robot, a robot which can interact with its environment and the people, in the same way as Aibo.
Animabot was first made out of Plexiglas and controlled by a BasicStamp 2e. Then I changed the Plexiglas for aluminium and the BasciStamp for a PIC µC. Trough the years, I have made 7 evolution of the board with a PIC 16 then 18 and finally a 32.
Animabot is autonomous thanks to a rear sensor and a front sensor mounted on a moving head. He can move in an indoor or outdoor environment avoiding obstacles. He is also able to stabilize itself thanks to an accelerometer.
Animabot can be manually controlled by an Android application or a computer software, both done by a Bluetooth communication.
Remote control by laptop :
Obstacles avoidance :